St. Mary Catholic School has some extra valuable real estate during the annual Village Valuables event.
The school has sold 60 tables this year at $25 for one space and $20 for each additional table space procured by the same group, said Cristin Saguisi, a parent and volunteer for the school at 684 S. Third St. in Columbus' German Village.
"I've got people coming from away out of town to sell stuff," Saguisi said. "What you make at your table is all yours."
But it's for a worthy cause: The money paid for table space goes to the St. Mary Home and School Association, which covers ancillary costs at the school, Saguisi said.
Village Valuables will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19, throughout the neighborhood.
The event attracts about 10,000 bargain-hunters to the village annually, with residents selling everything from paintings to guitars.
Also at St. Mary, seventh- and eighth-grade students will sell popcorn, hot dogs, chips and other concessions to help pay for the eighth-graders' annual trip to Washington, D.C.
People are asked to not set up sales tables or stations in Schiller Park because doing so would require a permit from the city.
Katharine Moore, a longtime Village Valuables observer and participant, said it should be an interesting event this year because two other celebrations are happening that day -- the 7 a.m. local time broadcast of the royal wedding of Great Britain's Prince Harry and U.S. citizen Meghan Markle and the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, which has activities being held throughout the morning in downtown Columbus.
"It is a day full of big events ... so people's social calendars are full," Moore said. "I think everybody looks forward to Village Valuables. It's a pretty social kind of day for us."
She said it gives people a chance to get acquainted with the village and receive its "warm sense of hospitality.
"People are there to explore German Village," she said.